A number of Year 9 pupils have been taking part in a project called Stories from Willesden Lane. So far they have read a novel about the life of a girl called Lisa who was a Kindertransport refugee sent by her family to the UK from Austria for safety during the Holocaust. This week pupils had the opportunity to hear the first-hand testimony of a Kindertransport refugee. Harry Bibring came to the UK as a Kindertransport refugee from Vienna, when he was just 13 years old. Harry talked about his family life in Vienna, his memories of Jewish persecution, Kristallnacht and life as a refugee when he arrived in England. Harry’s testimony was extremely interesting and inspiring to hear. Harry hopes that delivery of his story will encourage the younger generation to love one another and not discriminate against anyone.
The final part of the project will see the pupils attending a performance of the Stories from Willesden Lane’ in London next month. The pupils are thoroughly looking forward to this.